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News of: Monday, 20th of October, 2008

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BNP, Jamaat revise constitutions

In developments late last night, BNP made some major changes in its constitution to apply for registration with the Election Commission (EC) on the closing date today.

Commerce ministry leaves people in the lurch

Instead of issuing a clear message regarding the eight brands of powdered milk, the commerce secretary yesterday said it is up to the people whether or not to feed their babies with the baby formula tested positive for melamine contamination until the government conducts further tests within seven working days.

Hospital hospitality for 'VIP prisoners’

Former BNP state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, sentenced to 17 years' imprisonment in an arms case, has been staying at the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital for 16 out of almost 17 months of his detention.

No polls without Hasina, under emergency: AL

Awami League (AL) yesterday said it would not take part in any election if the state of emergency is not withdrawn and AL President Sheikh Hasina is not "permanently and unconditionally" released.

Uniform test charges in public hospitals soon

The government is going to introduce uniform charges for pathological and imaging tests at public hospitals in a few weeks, officials said.

Shakib bowls, bats, gives Tigers hope

An all-round performance, in every sense of the word, from Shakib Al Hasan brought Bangladesh back from the precipice to a place from where the Tigers can realistically dream of a victory against New Zealand after the third day's play of the Brac Bank first Test here yesterday.

Political leaders must learn from the 1/11

Political scientist Dr Harunur Rashid said the 1/11 changeover and the following exercises for institutional and political reforms will have positive impact on the country's political culture and the country would not plunge back into the pre-1/11 days.

Mojahid told to go to trial court

The High Court (HC) yesterday denied Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid bail in Barapukuria coalmine graft case, ordering him to surrender within two weeks to the trial court which had earlier issued an arrest warrant against him.

Probes found corrupts but action never taken

The University Grants Commission (UGC), statutory apex body in the field of university education in Bangladesh, has endorsed the findings by probe committees of rampant corruption and irregularities in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Govt directive on school time relaxed

In the wake of sharp reaction among guardians, students and teachers, the government has shifted from its earlier stance that asked all educational institutions to commence their classes at 7:30am to ensure smooth traffic movement in the capital.

EC goes to HC again to vacate stay

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday again petitioned the High Court (HC) for vacating its earlier stay on the recent redemarcation of parliamentary constituencies.

Hasina hearing adjourned

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned until October 29 hearing of the petitions filed by Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina for quashing proceedings against her in the Niko and barge-mounted power plant graft cases.

ACC sends list of convicts to NCC

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sent to the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on serious crimes and corruption a list of the people convicted of corruption in the lower courts.

Mamun's bail stayed by SC

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for a month the High Court (HC) orders that granted bail to controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in three extortion cases staying the case proceedings against him.

Arrest warrant against Bulu for tax evasion

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against former commerce adviser Barkat Ullah Bulu after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed a Tk 18.29 lakh tax evasion case against him.

NGOs vow to resist donors' interference in economic policy

Bangladesh Social Forum (BSF), a platform for the NGOs, has vowed to resist the IMF, World Bank, ADB and other donor agencies from interfering in the country's economic policy.

UK pledges Tk 900cr for char livelihood

The UK will provide Bangladesh with an additional grant of £70 million (around Tk 900 crore) to help implement the extended phase of the Char Livelihood Programme (CLP).

Charge hearing in Aug 21 case now on Oct 23

A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed October 23 for hearing on charge framing against 22 accused including detained former BNP lawmaker Abdus Salam Pintu and Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan in connection with the grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally.

Cut-off tree bases get sand cover

The authorities concerned have instructed workers of the Agargaon-Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue link road to cover the bases of the cut-off trees with sand to hide their controversial activity.

BCL groups clash at DU hall: 5 injured

Hundreds of general students of Sergeant Jahurul Haq Hall of Dhaka University (DU) were trapped inside the hall for over three hours yesterday after two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men clashed on the compound over a hall committee post.

False bomb alert delays take off at ZIA

A China Eastern Airlines flight delayed its takeoff for more than three hours at Zia International Airport yesterday as faulty detector signalled twice presence of explosives on board.

Household help's baby found dead

A 9-day-old daughter of the household help of Anti-corruption Commissioner Abul Hasan Manjur Mannan was found dead yesterday in the capital's Dhanmondi area.

3 children die after taking drug

Three children of a family died on Saturday night after taking medicine to relieve themselves of worms at Gukarnaghat village in Brahmanbaria.

Fury rages on against removal of sculpture

Different organisations yesterday staged demonstrations protesting against the removal of the statues of Baul singers (folk singers) at the Zia International Airport intersection.

Tamil Tigers launch gas attack

Troops and Tamil Tiger rebels were locked in intense fighting in northern Sri Lanka yesterday after government forces smashed through the "last major defences" of the guerrillas, the military said.

Obama wins Colin Powell endorsement

Democrat Barack Obama won the coveted endorsement of former secretary of state Colin Powell Sunday as he entered the final fortnight before election day flush with cash to unleash against Republican John McCain.

Taliban massacre

Taliban militants stopped a bus travelling on Afghanistan's main highway through a wild and dangerous part of the country's south, captured some 50 people on board and slaughtered around 30 of them, officials said yesterday.

Editorial

Godspeed to AUW

The inauguration of the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong is a happy augury not only for the women of Bangladesh but also for their counterparts in Asia who are presented with the unique opportunity of studying under the same roof. It will bring together different cultures and values in a wonderful melting pot in the very worldly pursuit of creating new human beings -- human beings that are empowered, skilled, motivated and ready to take up leadership in various fields, nationally, regionally and globally. Through a companionship and intellectual interaction they will develop a modernist vision of Asia and work for its implementation.

Vandalism at VC's office

The attack on the office of Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor ostensibly by some madrasa graduates was an exceedingly audacious act that evokes condemnation from every quarter. We are appalled to learn that about 200 students went berserk and vandalised VC's office when their demand for cancellation of a DU decision of not allowing admission to students who did not study Bangla and English carrying 200 marks each in their higher secondary or equivalent courses was not met by the VC. Though the VC assured them that the authorities would look into the matter in future since the decision for this year has already been approved by the deans' committee, the students refused to relent. They not only ransacked the office right before his eyes, they even threatened him of not letting the university run smoothly if they were not given admission.

Return of the Cold War?

AFTER having met Vladimir Putin for the first time, President Bush claimed that he could look into the Russian leader's heart, and found a “good man” in it worth doing business with. Such hope soon came crashing down when American and Russian interests clashed violently in the Caucasus. Flummoxed at the development, Bush has thus far chosen to keep his cool, presumably taking it to be a minor aberration on the part of Russian invaders against one of the US client states in the region.

Legitimising 'Moditva?'

MR. Ratan Tata, one of India's best regarded industrialists, has dismayed many by deciding to shift the Nano car factory from Singur in West Bengal to Sanand near Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

A unique achievement

PROFESSOR Emeritus Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam returned to Bangladesh in 1983 after an outstanding academic career and teaching in Cambridge, Princeton and Caltech. His level is best summed up by an extract from a letter from Prof. John Pople: “I appreciate hearing from old students from many years ago. You were certainly a talented group, two (Brian Josephson and Jim Mirlees) having gone on to win Nobel prizes in advance of me.”

Sports

Will the Tigers pounce?

If the words of the New Zealand camp is to be taken seriously, overly confident might be a close enough assessment of their mood.

Shakib on a high

It never really hurts an all-rounder to have an off-day. If he fails with the bat, there's always bowling. If both do not click and if he happens to be a good fielder, the contribution never ceases in any way.

Shakib sets new mark

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan recorded the best bowling figures in an innings for Bangladesh in all Test cricket when he took 7-36 against New Zealand here on Sunday.

Chits From Chittagong

After a solid ending to the second day of the first Test, the expected crowd of cricket fans was not seen in the morning.

Ashraful's Ctg drought on

Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful remained quite cool yesterday in the face of some heated comments from the crowd, after throwing his wicket away during a crucial phase of the first Test against New Zealand.

Amit puts India on top

Debutant leg-spinner Amit Mishra took a five-wicket haul to put India in the driver's seat on the third day of the second Test against Australia here on Sunday.

Footballers' Vietnam test today

Bangladesh's return from the Merdeka Cup in empty hands looks certain as the national football team go into their last group match apparently without any particular target.

Hosts in control

Talha Jubair combined with his new ball partner Sajedul Islam to give Barisal a creditable first innings lead against defending champions Khulna on the second day of the four-day match in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National Cricket League at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Sourav won't change mind

A 16th Test century in Mohali won't change Sourav Ganguly's plans to retire after the India-Australia Tests, he said on Saturday. Ganguly's 102 helped India to a formidable 469 on the second day of the second Test, but the innings hasn't forced a rethink for the former India captain.

Bad day for Abahanis

The teams from the old part of the capital had good outings in both the sixth round matches of the Citycell B. League yesterday with Farashganj and Rahmatganj recording identical victories against Abahani from Khulna and Chittagong respectively.

Nadal follows Federer

Heavyweights Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both crashed out of the Madrid Masters on Saturday leaving unheralded Frenchman Gilles Simon to face British world number four Andy Murray in the final.

Venus lifts Zurich Open

Venus Williams claimed her second title of the year on Sunday when she defeated unseeded Italian Flavia Pennetta 7-6, 6-2 in the final of the Zurich Open.

NSU win big

North South brushed aside Northern 4-0 in the opening match of the Mentors Inter-private University football tournament yesterday.

Murray Madrid master

British fourth seed Andy Murray won the second major title of his career on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6 defeat of France's Gilles Simon in the final of the Madrid Masters.

Girls cricket camp from Nov 5

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will arrange a cricket coaching camp for girls, which will start from November 5.

Matuail beat BG Press

The Second Division Football League began yesterday after a 23-day break with Matuail Udayan Sangsad beating BG Press by a solitary goal at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Tikolo ton lifts Kenya

A fighting century from skipper Steve Tikolo helped guide Kenya to a morale-boosting 95-run victory over Zimbabwe in their tri-series one-day match at the Nairobi Gymkhana Club ground on Sunday.

Hamilton almost there

Lewis Hamilton produced an impeccable performance in the Chinese Grand Prix to stretch his drivers' championship lead to seven points with one race remaining.

Higuain decides derby

Argentine Gonzalo Higuain scored a penalty five minutes into stoppage time as Real Madrid defeated neighbours Atletico 2-1 on Saturday in a stormy derby where both sides finished with 10 men and referee Clos Gomez came in for some stern criticism.

Comeback L'pool style

Chelsea made light of their injury crisis to cruise to a 5-0 win at Middles-brough on Saturday as Liverpool were forced to produce another fightback to beat Wigan and keep pace with the league leaders.

Bayern breathe easy

There was a collective sigh of relief from Bayern Munich's bosses Saturday after Germany striker Miroslav Klose's second-half goal gave the Bundesliga champions a 1-0 win over Karlsruhe.

Lehmann wants England farewell

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann said Sunday he wants to make his final bow in the Germany shirt against England next month in the international friendly at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

'Coach right to drop me'

Tottenham winger David Bentley concedes England manager Fabio Capello was probably right to leave him out of the recent World Cup qualifiers.

Maradona owes millions!

Argentina legend Diego Maradona still owes the Italian tax-man 36 million euros, outstanding from his seven-year spell at Napoli from 1984-1991.

Fergie confident of Tevez deal

Sir Alex Ferguson expects Manchester United to tie up a permanent deal for Carlos Tevez despite interest from Real Madrid.

Business

Price hike fuels credit growth

Commercial banks said yesterday the price hike of consumer items had driven up the credit growth.

Local firm shows feat in automation

When donor-funded projects failed to fully complete automation of Chittagong Customs House by spending over Tk 247 crore and working for around 10 years, a local company successfully did the task in eight months at a minimal cost.

Leaders line up finance summits as South Korea shores up banks

World leaders lined up a series of summits looking at reforming global finance in the wake of the turmoil on the markets as South Korea became the latest country to shore up troubled banks on Sunday.

Poor SME refinancing irks ADB

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has expressed its dissatisfaction over poor participation of financial institutions in the Bangladesh Bank's SME refinance scheme.

Track Saarc progress, says commerce adviser

Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday called for preparing concrete evidence to find the actual progress of Saarc in various fields including trade.

US diplomat sees prospects for Dhaka-Washington trade enhancement

A diplomat at the US embassy in Bangladesh sees a number of prospects and opportunities for enhancing the Dhaka-Washington trade, despite the unprecedented global financial fallout, according to a press release.

Locals yet to benefit from int'l price fall

Unlike in the case of increases, the consumers in Bangladesh hardly receive the benefit of declining prices of essentials in international market.

China economy shows cracks

China's strong economy appeared to put the nation on the global high ground when the financial tsunami first struck last month, but as the storm continues to rage, that position is looking less sure.

Immigration debate intensifies as European economy falters

Several thousand people took to the streets of France's capital to protest against sweeping new immigration guidelines agreed by EU leaders as the British government warned of tougher entry restrictions owing to the financial downturn.

Beximco pulls down Dhaka stocks

Dhaka stocks fell for a third day, driven by falling prices of Beximco Group shares.

Radisson showcases Italian delights

A six-day food festival kicked off at the Radisson Water Garden yesterday to showcase different delights of Italian cuisine to Dhaka residents.

Crushing at state-run sugar mills begins Oct 24

Sugarcane crushing at state-owned 15 sugar mills will begin on October 24 with a target to produce over 1.73 lakh tonnes of sugar by crushing 22.72 lakh tonnes of sugarcane this fiscal (2008-09).

Gulf stocks mixed amid volatile trading

Stock markets in the energy-rich Gulf ended mixed on Sunday amid volatile trading as investors appeared to be taking a wait and see approach.

Heads set to roll over trading scandal at French bank

The fate of top executives at French savings bank Caisse d'Epargne hung in the balance Sunday over huge losses in a trading scandal that President Nicolas Sarkozy said were unacceptable.

Britain will spend way out of recession: Darling

Britain will boost public spending to help pull the economy through a looming recession, finance minister Alistair Darling said in an interview published Sunday.

Tata chief warns West Bengal of flight of industry

Tata group chief Ratan Tata, forced to relocate production of the world's cheapest car from eastern India, has warned there could be a flight of capital and industry from the poverty-hit region.

Philippine exporters brace for tougher times ahead

The Philippines has so far escaped relatively unscathed from the global financial crisis, but its export industries are bracing themselves for tougher times ahead, analysts say.

Chavez hopes oil prices stabilise around $80

President Hugo Chavez says he'll be happy if oil prices stabilize between US$80 and US$90 a barrel.

Metropolitan

Vow to resist interference of donor agencies in policy

Bangladesh Social Forum, an alliance of NGOs, has taken a vow to resist IMF, World Bank, ADB and other donor agencies from interfering in the country's economic policy.

10 students hurt in police action

At least 10 leaders and activists of Pragotishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), an alliance of left-leaning student organisations, were injured in police action when they tried to stop selling of admission forms at banks on the campus of Dhaka University (DU) protesting the increased price.

1,207 found HIV positive in country: Study

A total of 1,207 people have been found HIV positive across the country while 12,000 are believed to be carrying the virus, says a surveillance study report.

Students lay siege to VC office for master's courses

The students of two departments of life science faculty at Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) at Santosh laid siege to the vice chancellor's office yesterday demanding steps to start master's courses for the session 2007-08.

Ctg mayor's daughter laid to rest

Fauzia Sultana Tumpa, daughter of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, was yesterday laid to rest at their family graveyard in the city's Chasma Hill area.

A day with a difference for children

With a call for a safe, secured and joyful childhood, Bangladesh Shishu Academy celebrated the Prarombhik Shaishab Day (Early Childhood Day) on its premises in the city yesterday.

Five suspected muggers held

Police arrested five suspected muggers in the city's Mirpur area yesterday.

Fake Rab member held in Khulna

A fake member of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was arrested at Niklapur in Rupsha upazila on Saturday.

Freshers' reception held at AUST

Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) held a fresher reception on its campus in the city on Saturday.

20 vehicles fined on charges of noise pollution

The Department of Environment in a special drive fined 20 motor vehicles Tk 13,500, seized two vehicles and removed hydraulic horns from four vehicles for creating noise pollution in the city yesterday.

Four killed in road accidents

Four people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Rajshahi yesterday

2700 bottles of phensidyl seized

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members recovered 2,700 bottles of Phensidyl syrup and four maunds of hemp from Palpara area in Comilla in the early hours of yesterday.

270 sacks of fertiliser seized

Some 270 sacks of Indian banned fertiliser were seized at Bagachra Beltala in Sharsha upazila yesterday morning.

Comilla Medical College reopens Wednesday

Comilla Medical College (CMC) will reopen on Wednesday after 35 days of closure following a clash between students and local people.

Madrasa students deny involvement

A group of madrasa students including some Dhaka University (DU) students, who got admission in the university after studying in madrasa, yesterday said the vice-chancellor (VC) has resorted to crafty falsehood by making the madrasa students responsible for vandalising his office on Saturday.

National

Potato price fall in 8 N dists frustrates farmers, traders

Fall of potato price in eight northern districts has left farmers and traders in despair.

Magura war criminals list 'controversial'

Former commander of Magura district unit Muktijoddha Sangsad Khan Ali Reza Raja in a written statement yesterday said a few leaders of the organisation made the list of Magura war criminals 'controversial' to distort history of Liberation War in the district.

'Increase edn facilities for CHT children'

Civil society members at a seminar on child rights held at Bandarban Shishu Academy yesterday stressed on increasing educational facilities for children in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Almost all booty recovered, truck driver still hiding

Manikganj Sadar police yesterday recovered 153 more cartons of of looted cigarettes worth Tk 19 lakh from field at Bonparil and a shop at Hatipara Bazar in Manikganj Sadar upazila.

Moulvibazar Sadar NAP body comprises one-third women

Seven women have been included in the newly formed 23-member executive committee of Moulvibazar Sadar upazila unit of NAP (Muzaffar).

Satkhira Bar executive body members resign

Fourteen out of 15 office-bearers of executive committee of Satkhira Bar Association resigned from their posts yesterday protesting his undemocratic activities, misconduct and favourtism of association president Advocate Shah Alam.

Abducted boy rescued

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued an abducted student of Mirzapur Shahid Alauddin High School in Pakundia Saturday night.

Letters

Asking for democracy?

The national election will be held on December 18, 2008. The two leaders of the two major political parties want a guarantee that they will win the election. I will not be surprised if they suddenly demand that the chief election commissioner resign but I hope I am wrong. The meaning of democracy covers something more than holding an election. In the last three elections, we saw the elected prime minister as the centre of all power. The defeated party collectively punished the whole nation with hartal and violence. I am not a politician, I've never been involved in politics in my life. Maybe that's why I don't understand the language of Bangladeshi politicians, but I do understand that a strong democratic institution is far more important than this type of election.

Give the nation a chance

The nation has never before faced this in history-- the 1/11 and its aftermath.

Tobacco menace

Thanks to Abdul Kuddus Rippon for his informative letter on

Rivers

The article by Md. Khalequzzaman on rivers drew my attention. He is right that we can only live in harmony with nature instead of making any attempt to change it (namely, natural flow of rivers by constructing dams and embankments).

Toxic milk powder

As a result of a report on a number of brands of powdered milk tendered by a Dhaka University laboratory, the government has asked the public to avoid those brands and to use liquid local cow's milk. However, some other laboratories did not find their samples of the various brands to be tainted with melamine. Some 50,000 children in China are reported to have fallen sick, with many deaths, as a result of consuming melamine-laced powdered milk. To date, not a single documented case of such poisoning has been reported in Bangladesh. It would appear that further testing is called for in order to establish fully whether brands which we have trusted and used for decades could be implicated in such a criminal practice as adulteration.

Next government and youth

So, it's election time. Some party will win the majority seats in parliament and form the next government. But what are our politicians and leaders planning to do for the youth? This is a very relevant question for the country as a whole.

Education system

The letter from AS Islam, retired professor of Botany of Dhaka University, illustrates yet another reason why a 'unified system of education' could be a disaster. Thank you, Sir, for exposing the awfulness of at least one of the 'approved textbooks' in your subject and chilling us to the marrow at the prospect of not only the pupils in one type of school but all Bangladeshi pupils being exposed to the ghastly mistakes, the outdatedness and the sheer boredom of SOME badly written, illustrated and printed school textbooks.

Basic democracy

Basic democracy may be suitable for the people of Bangladesh.

Poor education

In our education system, there is the culture of rote learning from primary to university level. Examination system is also based on rote learning and friendly to rote learner. This culture does not develop students' cognitive capacity, thinking ability and creativity. This also may be the reason for ineffectiveness of the education system. With a few exceptions, teachers are selected on the basis of academic results and, consequently, they also encourage rote learning.

Temporary relief

Laskar's write-up on the subject in your October 6 issue is only a very temporary phenomenon. Dhaka power demand fell as many left the city for Eid holidays, and offices and other establishments were closed. Despite this, it was a phenomenon only for the greater Dhaka area and no more.

Bangladesh internal waters

In international Law of the Sea, the most important line in the concept of maritime boundary is the BASE LINE of a country.

Traffic rules mauled

Please do not make a news item with a big picture (on the 1st page) just to fill up the space. I did not get any in depth message out of your mega picture of traffic on the street (DS 6th Oct.), for complaints and their replies were already there in your staff correspondent's coverage. If you wanted you could print only the street picture with the hackney carriage in the almost empty Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, just as that.

What is going on?

A meeting between Hossain Zillur and Khaleda Zia should not be taken lightly. Hossain Zillur is not a politician, though.

International

Pakistani forces kill 40 Taliban militants

Pakistani forces killed about 40 Taliban militants yesterday, security officials said, as the top US diplomat for South Asia visited the volatile country for talks.

Islamabad rules out talks with militants

US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher arrived in Islamabad Saturday on an unannounced visit to hold talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and other Pakistani leaders on ways to improve cooperation in fight against the menace of terror.

Indian EC announces 7-phased polls in Kashmir

Resolving differences within, the Election Commission on Sunday announced a seven-phased election in Jammu and Kashmir beginning November 17 till December 24, saying it has taken a "risk" on the issue of participation of political parties in the exercise.Announcing the poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami said that the snow-bound Leh and Kargil regions would go polls in the initial two phases.

LTTE using Tamil Nadu leaders to escape defeat, says Lanka

Claiming that the LTTE was on the verge of "defeat" after suffering huge casualties at the hands of Sri Lankan security forces, the government has said that the Tamil tigers are making desperate efforts to rope in Indian leaders to stop the ongoing offensives against them.

Iraq, Britain to negotiate security deal: PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said yesterday that Baghdad and London would begin negotiating a security deal to decide the future of British forces in the country beyond 2008.

Ideological rift surfaces in Nepali Maoist party

A 'dissent' paper, proposed by senior Maoist leader Mohan Baidya during the party's recently held central committee meeting, has revealed serious ideological differences between two factions in the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M). While Baidya roots for a "people's republic", party Chairman and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is for a "democratic republic".

Iran warns West against talks with Taliban

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned the West yesterday not to push for talks with the Taliban militia which had stormy relations with Tehran when it ruled Afghanistan up to 2001.

Afghanistan stability 'not mission impossible'

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband denied yesterday that the international community was failing in its mission in Afghanistan.

Demoralised Republicans fear bloodbath in Cong

Republicans always feared a pounding in this year's congressional elections, but the shockwaves of the Wall Street crisis may inflict a bloodbath on President George W Bush's demoralised party.

Obama strikes deep into McCain's turf

Democrat Barack Obama yesterday pursued his audacious hunt for votes in America's conservative heartland after rallying monster crowds in the Republican "red" state of Missouri with a rousing call for change.

Jewish settlers attack Palestinians during olive harvest

Jewish settlers attacked a Palestinian photographer who was taking pictures of Palestinian farmers picking olives in the West Bank on Saturday.

China wants stable ties with US after election

China is watching the US presidential election closely, and whether the winner is Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain, the priority for Beijing is to maintain stable ties with Washington.

Arundhati for probe into shooting of terror suspects

Booker Prize winner and Indian activist Arundhati Roy called yesterday for a probe into a police shooting of two Muslim men who authorities have said were behind a string of bombings across India.

Two killed as Delhi Metro flyover collapses

At least two people were killed and 30 injured when part of an under-construction flyover of the Delhi Metro collapsed in New Delhi last morning, officials said.

Indian, US navies begin sea exercises to tackle piracy

The Indian and US navies on Saturday began a week-long series of joint exercises, looking to increase cooperation at a time of heightened fears about maritime piracy.

Tide of voters could swamp US electoral system

As millions of Americans gear to vote in the thrilling 2008 White House race, experts are warning that the expected huge turnout could strain the voting system, triggering an electoral meltdown.

After setbacks, hunt for AIDS vaccine pushes on

One year after a puzzling setback in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine, researchers say their defeats have forced them to look for entirely new ways of creating a defence against the disease.

Ancient history gets in the way of Beirut's modern towers

Ancient history is getting in the way of construction in Beirut's building boom as new archaeological discoveries delay the long-planned high rises.

Most Japanese unhappy with two major parties: Poll

Japanese voters are unhappy with both the ruling and opposition parties, with a majority saying they are disappointed and dissatisfied, according to a new poll.

Nine Chinese oil workers kidnapped in Sudan

Nine Chinese oil workers have been kidnapped near Sudan's disputed central oil district of Abyei, the Chinese embassy said yesterday, with a Sudanese driver also feared missing.

Arts & Entertainment

Asian Art Biennale '08 begins tomorrow

The month-long 13th Asian Art Biennale '08 begins tomorrow and will continue till November 19 simultaneously at three venues -- National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Bangladesh National Museum and Osmani Memorial Hall.

Songs of five poets at Chhayanat's “Srotar Ashor”

Chhayanat's monthly musical soiree Srotar Ashor was held on October 18 at the Rameshchandra Dutt Memorial Auditorium, Chhayanat Sanskriti Bhaban. Students and teachers of Chhayanat and guest artistes rendered Pancha Kabir Gaan, songs of five poets (Rabindranath, Nazrul, Rajnikant, Atul Prasad and D.L. Roy) at the event.

Dance guru Jogesh Das passes away

Veteran dance guru Jogesh Chandra Das, renowned in and outside Mymensingh district died in the early hours of Saturday. He was 82.

Tangi Shishu Theatre performs at India Theatre Olympiad

Tangi Shishu Theatre, a sister organisation of Bangladesh People's Theatre, recently participated at the India Theatre Olympiad and International Theatre Festival, says a press release. The festival was held in Cuttack, Orissa.

OP-ED

It is the responsibility of the people to plus or minus somebody

Dr. Harunur Rashid, has served as the Dhaka University dean of social science faculty since 2003. He obtained honours in 1975 and master degree the next year from the department of political science of Dhaka University. He obtained PhD in political science on a Commonwealth scholarship from University of London in 1983. He is now serving as editor of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and Dhaka University's Social Science Review. Shamim Ashraf took the interview.

Time to take a stand

WHAT next -- Aparajayo Bangla? The Shaheed Minar? The Smriti Shoudho? Wait, what happens to all those "statues" in our temples and churches? What is at stake here is not only the future of these important monuments to our history and our faiths, but the daily rituals that constitute our way of life.

Taming unruly democracy

THE recent violence around the Dhaka University campus is another manifestation of our intolerance to opposing political views. Our political history is rich in achievement and sadly poor in maintaining the achievements that helped us win blue ribbons.

Star City

Eying rainwater harvesting as water crisis deepens

Harvesting rainwater on the rooftop can be a possible alternative solution to acute water crisis in Dhaka city, experts say.

Frequent traffic jam at Paribagh intersection

It was not even a working day. Just before Jumma prayers last Friday, lines of vehicles coming from Elephant road and Dhaka University inched toward the Paribagh mosque.

171 BRTC buses running, 150 out of order

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has more buses lying idle and broken in their depots than running on the city streets.



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